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August 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
A federal judge has awarded $10.4 million in damages to Alpo Petfoods Inc. after ruling that Ralston Purina Co. made false advertising claims touting the benefits of Purina Puppy Chow. U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin ruled against Ralston's marketing campaign, begun in 1985, in which the firm contended that its Puppy Chow products helped promote proper hip joint development. Ralston will appeal the judgment, the company said Monday in a statement from its St. Louis headquarters.
September 20, 1991
A Superior Court judge Thursday ordered the Children's Wish Fund of Carson, facing fraud and false advertising charges, to temporarily stop telling potential donors that its funds go mainly to grant last wishes of dying children. The order by Solano County Superior Court Judge Dwight Ely represented a victory for state prosecutors who are seeking to shut down the nonprofit charity through a civil suit charging the fund with fraud and false advertising.
January 1, 1997
The operator of a Canoga Park carpet cleaning firm has been sentenced to 75 days in jail on charges of fraud and false advertising, it was announced Tuesday. Tamir Pinhas, 26, operator of Elephant Carpet Care, was also sentenced to 10 days on a Caltrans work crew and ordered to pay $8,643 in fines and restitution, Supervisor Mike Antonovich said. In addition, Los Angeles Municipal Judge Stephen Marcus placed Pinhas on three years' probation during the Dec. 18 sentencing hearing.
November 8, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Unilever subsidiary settled Federal Trade Commission charges alleging that its Promise margarine advertisements--featuring the "Get Heart Smart" slogan and heart-shaped pats of Promise on food--misled consumers about the health benefits of the spread. The FTC said the ads implied eating Promise margarine and spreads helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
April 27, 1989
The district attorney's office has filed 17 fraud charges against the owner of a local health club who is accused of selling memberships without telling buyers that the facility would be closing. John Robert Prell, 34, the owner of the defunct 24-Hour Nautilus in the Stonewood Shopping Center, is charged with defrauding customers of more than $49,000 in membership fees, according to Downey Police. Prell is scheduled to be arraigned May 4 in Downey Municipal Court on two counts of felony grand theft, 14 petty theft charges and one count of false advertising.
December 7, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
VISTA A couple who ran an herbal store have agreed to pay $167,000 in fines and reimbursements for improperly acting as physicians and mixing over-the-counter drugs into remedies they sold as herbal, authorities said Monday. Thomas and Linda Hardy reached a settlement with the San Diego County district attorney's office over allegations of false advertising and unfair competition.
January 25, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
U.S. regulators will appeal a court ruling that cleared ex-baseball player Steve Garvey of false advertising charges for telling consumers that they could eat fatty foods and still lose weight with "Fat Trapper" pills. The Federal Trade Commission said it had authorized its staff to appeal last year's ruling by U.S. District Judge Allen Feess. The agency claimed that Garvey made "flagrantly wrong" claims and played an "active role" in developing infomercials for Enforma Natural Products Inc.'
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